Talking to Canada’s The Metal Voice, Judas Priest’s Richie Faulkner said that the new album material the band is working on sounds more progressive than ‘Firepower’. Regarding the new album progress, the guitarist said:
“Since the ‘Firepower’ tour, we all went our separate ways, like we do, and we’ve always got ideas coming up; me, Rob [Halford, vocals] and Glenn [Tipton, guitar], we sort of start to put ideas down. And we got together in early 2020, me, Rob and Glenn; and [co-producer and touring guitarist] Andy Sneap was there as well, and we pooled all our ideas together and we started the first writing session. So we got together a batch of songs that were by no means finished, but they were developed enough that we could call them songs.
”So we could give them working titles. They were demos if that makes sense. So we had a batch of demos. And then since then, we’ve been trying to find an opportunity where we can all get together and develop ’em further and record them. But, obviously, with the restrictions of the lockdown and the pandemic…” […]
“Whenever you start a record, you never know how it’s gonna turn out. So you might start with an idea of what it’s gonna be, and as it kind of rolls on, it comes out something different. So you don’t quite know. And also it’s really hard to sum up your own music, I find, without sounding really pretentious. But I think this one, it’s not ‘Firepower 2’, I don’t think. It’s its own thing, it’s its own animal. If anything, I would say it’s a bit more progressive in places, and in places, it’s got a bit more of that ‘Killing Machine’ swagger.”